Offer the same degree of assistance to individuals who are only completing a Missouri Voter Registration Application as offered to individuals who are completing agency forms, unless the individual refuses such assistance.
Family Support Division (FSD) staff providing assistance in completing Missouri Voter Registration Applications are prohibited from:
- seeking to influence an individual’s political party preference or party registration
- displaying any political preference or party allegiance
- making any statement or taking any action whose purpose or effect is to discourage the individual from registering to vote
- making any statement or taking any action whose purpose or effect is to lead the individual to believe that a decision whether or not to register has any bearing on the availability of services or benefits
If an individual believes that someone has interfered with their voter registration rights, they may file a complaint with the Secretary of State.
Homeless individuals who come into an FSD location are given the same opportunity to register to vote as those who have a permanent residential address. Not having a fixed, permanent residence does not disqualify an individual from the voting process. The general area in which they stay, the address for a shelter at which they stay, a relative’s address where they stay, etc. can be listed as their address on the application form. The individual should not list the FSD location’s address for the “address where you live” on this form. Send the application forms for homeless individuals to the local election authority following established FSD processes.
NOTE: If FSD staff have reason to believe the individual does not meet eligibility requirements to register to vote, do not deny the right to complete a Missouri Voter Registration Application. FSD must submit the completed application to the appropriate election official. The election official will determine if eligibility requirements are met.